Venezuela' is an emerging one-party state on the northeast coast of South America. The dictator, Nicolás Maduro, the heir of Hugo Chávez, who was democratically elected. has banned all opposition parties. The last election is scheduled for May 2018. Hundreds of thousands have fled the country. Private ownership of guns was banned in 2012 and a program of gun confiscation was initiated.<re>http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-18288430</ref?